What to Expect at Your First Appointment at Adolescent and Transition Medicine
For more than 60 years, Cincinnati Children's has cared for young people ages 12 through 21 in our Adolescent and Transition Medicine program. As national leaders in adolescent medicine, we provide the specialized care that teens and young adults need as they transition from pediatric medical care into adult medical care
Our program offers primary care for teenagers and young adults as well as specialized care for teens and young adults with eating disorders, substance use disorder, contraception or other reproductive health needs (including HIV prevention), gynecology concerns, or gender identity concerns. Our team of adolescent medicine physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers and dietitians have years of experience helping young people through the changes from childhood to adulthood.
We provide compassionate care to help guide teens and young adults through the unique challenges of growing up. We teach them how to take responsibility for their own health by eating well, preventing sexually transmitted infections and avoiding tobacco and other substances.
Our Transition Medicine team also works with teens and young adults who have chronic health conditions or developmental disabilities. We help your teen and your family plan for the future and transition to adult health services.
Making an Appointment at Adolescent and Transition Medicine
Our various programs see teens and young adults of different ages, including children under age 12 who have gone through puberty. Please contact us to learn if your child could benefit from our care and to schedule an appointment.
Preparing for Your Visit
We ask that you bring your child's insurance information to their appointment, as well as immunization records (if available) and a list of current medications (including dose).
On the Day of Your Visit at Adolescent and Transition Medicine
Before Your Appointment
When arriving for an outpatient visit, we ask that you arrive in our office 15 minutes before your appointment. We provide primary and consultative care at our Burnet campus, which is a large facility.
Our office is in building C on the 2nd floor at the Teen Health Center. Please leave plenty of time to park and walk to our office.
We provide primary care at our mobile care center at North College Hill Middle/High School once a month to make care more accessible for our patients in the area. We also provide consultative care at our Fairfield, Green Township, Kentucky, and Liberty campuses.
Please contact us if you are running late for your appointment.
At Your Appointment
During your child's visit, we will talk to you both about their medical history, their current health and any medicines they take. We may also perform a physical exam or order tests, depending on your child's needs.
We respect the confidentiality of our teen and young adult patients so they feel comfortable sharing with our providers. We may ask parents to leave the exam room for part of the appointment to help your child talk more openly about their mental and physical health.
Once the exam is through, our providers may offer health education to help them better take responsibility for their health. We may also prescribe any medicines they need.
For teens and young adults in transition care, we will work with you to find adult care providers who can offer specialized care. We'll also talk to you about topics like insurance, supplemental security income, community resources for adults with disabilities and guidelines for guardianship of your adult child.
No matter what support your teen or young adult needs, we are here to help.
After Your Visit at Adolescent and Transition Medicine
You will receive a document called an "After Visit Summary" before you leave the office. It includes important information about the next steps in your child's care, including any upcoming appointments.